Thursday, August 25, 2011

Foundations of a Family of Faith

By Belinda

The Hartwright siblings written about in yesterday's blog post were the children of Thomas Harwright and Mary Jones.

Thomas Hartwright (Paul's great, great grandfather,) had served as a soldier in the Boer War (1899-1902) and came back to Upton upon Severn, a small town in south Worcestershire. He was living on the streets, a destitute drunk, but was taken in by a Christian woman. As a result of her kindness and influence he became a Christian too. Later he had a market garden somewhere between Upton upon Severn and Malvern and would take vegetables for sale up to Malvern in a big old pram (baby carriage.)

He married Mary Jones, a seamstress who had travelled to France. Interestingly, one of Uncle John's sons; not Stephen, who I spent a day with in early August, but Sam, another of Thomas's great, great grandchildren; studied horticulture and now has a market garden, and his wife Jackie is a seamstress who makes costumes for The Royal Shakespeare Comany in Stratford-upon-Avon. How cool to see history repeating itself in their union, three generations later.

Mary and Thomas had the four sons and four daughters mentioned in yesterday's post. Austin and Cyril served in the Royal Navy in World War 1, and it was in the navy that Austin learned confectionery skills which he later used to open a shop.

Francis, who was Paul's grandfather and who married one of Thomas and Mary's daughters, Marjory, prayed that he would not have to touch a gun and God answered his prayer because he became a batman, a servant to an officer. He did catch Typhoid fever but survived.

More tomorrow about Christmases long ago as remembered by Uncle John.


Dave Hingsburger said...

Well, given that we were at Santa's Village today, we are officially in the mood for an old fashioned Christmas story. As a total aside, don't you just love the names of towns and villages in England? They are picturesque in and of themselves!

Belinda said...

I DO love the names of the English towns and villages. I read an hilarious book by Bill Bryson, "Notes from a Small Island." He had a chapter on that very subject. I cried with laughter at parts of that book.

Susan said...

Place Names? How about:

Herring Neck, Too Good Arm, Crow Head, Sop's Arm, Cottlesville, Deadman's Bay, Main Tickle, Comfort Bay, Hearts Content, Blow-Me-Down, Pothead, Come-by-Chance, Dildo, and so many, many more.

Newfoundland is in a class all by itself. :)